Boston College director of athletics Martin Jarmond cited a lack of "competitive progress" behind his decision to fire head football coach Steve Addazio on Sunday.

Addazio coached seven seasons and finished 44-44 overall and 22-34 in the ACC after Saturday's 26-19 victory at Pittsburgh.

BC finished their campaign 6-6 and 4-5 in the ACC. Jarmond conferred with BC President Fr. William P. Leahy before announcing his intention to remove Addazio.

Jarmond expects to have a new head coach in place before the Dec. 18 national signing day. Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell, who has not interviewed for the job, will be the Eagles interim head coach as they prepare to compete in a postseason bowl game.

"We looked at the whole body of work and so we evaluate throughout the year but I started talking to Father Leahy at the end of the season," said Jarmond, during a Monday morning press briefing at Conte Forum.

"We connected and we just felt the trajectory that we were on, I didn't feel we were making the progress competitively that we needed to. We wanted to be more competitive in conference and nationally. I just felt with the total body of work it was time to make a change."

Jarmond built the formative portions of his resume as an associate director of athletics at Michigan State (2003-2009) and deputy director of athletics at Ohio State (2009-2016) before coming to BC.

Jarmond's familiarity with the Big Ten is a plus, but he insisted BC's search is nationwide. However, the Big Ten is well represented on the list of candidates to replace Addazio, and two names feeding the rumor mill have BC connections.

Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, who served in the same capacity at BC under Addazio, has an accomplished resume that includes the successful head coaching tenures at Northeastern and UMass.

The other is Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington, a former BC player who was an assistant under Addazio in a variety of positions.

"I will be looking everywhere that we can find a head coach that's going to be great to lead our men," said Jarmond. "Whether it's Big Ten, Pac-12 or whatever conference, it doesn't matter."

"I think with every one of your programs, you always try to have a list in mind of the characteristics of the job that you feel are important. As an AD you want to be prepared in case something happens, a coach leaves or you have to make a change."

Football is the revenue generator that funds other athletic programs, and that is especially true in a Power-5 conference like the ACC, which officially launched its own network in the fall. Being a competitive football program in the ACC can ensure national exposure and attract prize recruits.

"This is a launch pad now," said Jarmond. "I look at momentum, I look at energy, I look at progress."

"If you are not progressing you are either stalling or moving back. We want to move forward. I want a program that is constantly moving forward, progressing and that's what I want to do."

BC will likely compete in one of the ACC's lower tier bowl destinations like Detroit or Shreveport, La. One of the main benefits of bowl eligibility is the 15 extra practice sessions in December that coaches use for future team building.

"We have a lot of talent coming back that we want to continue to develop," said Gunnell.